I checked my phone, then sent a quick text to Collins, shielding the phone against my body so the light didn’t give us away. ‘Where are you guys?’
‘Can’t get authorization for full task force. Only a few officers. No SWAT. What’s it look like?’
Instead of answering, I used my phone to take a video. It was far away, but I didn’t dare rely on the digital zoom, and I had left my good camera in my car back at Nikki’s. I hadn’t thought to need it since Collins was supposed to be here.
After a minute, I sent the video to Collins.
‘On our way, hold tight.’
I silently cursed autocrrect.
‘I mean SWAT!’
‘Working on it. Big threat?’
‘YES! Faerie!’ I made sure to carefully type the word out.
‘Keep taking video. Can you get closer?’
I looked briefly at Nikki, then shook my head. ‘No! I’m not stupid.’
‘ETA 20-30 minutes.’
I wanted to curse at the message, I wanted to text such a curse back to Collins, but I knew it wouldn’t do any good.
There’s a bureaucracy for reinforcements. Please fill out forms in triplicate and submit for approval while the supernatural threat devours your soul.